Released: Jun 2004
It isn't the unusually gritty hard luck tales of "Ghetto" and "Locked Up" that make Akon's debut so great; it's that voice, which is part Bob Marley marble, part Screaming Jay Hawkins' rasp, with just a touch of modern R&B polish. It sounds weary yet defiant -- a dynamic that you won't find among his love-struck R&B peers.
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